Run For Office

The Green Party of Allegheny County is seeking candidates for office to represent Pittsburgh and Allegheny County at all levels of government!

Some offices have modest time and financial requirements and are an easy way to get involved in government. If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

How do I run?

First, check out our GPOAC Platform and determine if you would like to run as a Green. Next, decide what office is best for you. Different offices come up every year, and different offices have different requirements. For all offices, you must have been registered as a Green at least 30 days prior to the primary to run in the general election. Greens do not run in the primaries and may focus campaign efforts on the general election.

Most local offices have low ballot access and time requirements and do not require much, if any, money to run and campaign. We encourage everyone to consider at least running for local office, especially those with no prior experience. Local office is a great way to give back to your community and advance the Green Party platform.

Below is some basic information on offices. Some offices may have additional requirements. We refer interested candidates to Allegheny County’s website for full details of laws and procedures. More information about running as a Green can be found on the Green Wave of PA website.

2017 – Municipal/County Elections

  • Judge of Elections – Judge of Elections serves a 4 year term, only works two days a year (the primary and general elections) and is paid. FREE to run, only requires 10 signatures from voters in your district.
  • School Director (School Board Member) – School Directors serve a 4 year term, and are generally expected to attend one meeting a month. School Directors vote on school funding and policy. FREE to run, only requires 10 signatures. School boards are typically not paid.
  • Borough/Township Councilmember or Mayor – Expected to attend local council meetings, usually twice a month, and get paid for your time. Outside of Pittsburgh, FREE to run, only requires 10 signatures. Within Pittsburgh, requires 100 signatures for council and 250 for mayor, with a small ($50 or $100) filing fee.
  • Pittsburgh City Council – Expected to attend city council meetings, usually twice a month, and other duties and events as necessary. This is a paid position. Requires 100 signatures, with a $50 filing fee.
  • Pittsburgh Mayor – Expected to attend city council meetings, usually twice a month, and other duties and events as necessary. This is a paid position. Requires 250 signatures, with a $100 filing fee. Bill Peduto is up for re-election in 2017.
  • County Council – Expected to attend regular monthly county council meetings and other required duties, get paid for the time. Requires 250 signatures and $50 filing fee.
  • County Executive – Expected to attend regular monthly county council meetings and other required duties, get paid for the time. Requires 500 signatures and $100 filing fee.

Nomination papers must be filed by August 1st, 2017! Please Contact Us for information if you wish to run.

2018 – State/Federal Elections

  • State Representative – PA state representatives serve for 2 years and all are up for re-election in 2018.
  • State Senator – PA state senators serve 4 year terms, with only some Senators are up for re-election every two years. In Allegheny County, Wayne Fontana and Randy Vulakovich are up for re-election in 2018.
  • State Governor –  The PA governor serves a 4 year term, Tom Wolf is up for re-election in 2018.
  • United States Representative – US Representatives serve 2 year terms, and all representatives are up for re-election in 2018.
  • United States Senator – US Senators serve 6 year terms. Bob Casey is up for re-election in 2018.

If you are considering a run for office in 2018, please Contact Us or drop by our next General Assembly meeting to discuss your run.